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Leicester geologist invited to present findings to European Geosciences Union

A geologist from our University  will present his research into earthquakes to the European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna on 25 April.

Dr Max Moorkamp, from the Department of Geology, will discuss the significance of a recent earthquake in Botswana and show how its location could be related to geological structures within the Earth.

On 3 April 2017 a magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred in central Botswana, an area that has not previously seen an event of such size. The shaking was felt hundreds of kilometres away and caused panic in the capital Gaborone. Fortunately the damage was minimal as the epicentre was located in a sparsely settled area.

For the last two years, a team of scientists, led by Dr Max Moorkamp and including seismologist Dr Stewart Fishwick at the University of Leicester, has been studying the region around the epicentre.

The original aim of the study was to understand the formation of continents in Earth's early geological history and Dr Moorkamp has been invited to present his findings at the currently ongoing European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna. However, this recent event gives the results additional significance.

Dr. Moorkamp will present his findings on Tuesday 25 April 2017 between 8:30-9:00 at the European Geosciences Union in session EMRP2.3, Room 0.31.

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